Money Money Money
Sixteen GI volunteers took part in this year's ‘Money, Money, Money’ programme on 18 October and spent a busy day at Aston Manor School in Birmingham to help year 10 students (14 and 15 year olds) to prepare for adult life and to understand the value and management of money.
Additional volunteers took part in a ‘Money, Money, Money’ event at Brislington Enterprise College in Bristol and St Albans High School in Ipswich.
Coniston Challengers raise over £13,000 for Guide Dogs!
Three teams from Birmingham raised £13,320, with match funding, for the Guide Dogs charity when they took part in a hike and cycle ride in the Lake District last month. Sixteen riders completed a 10km hike up to the summit of Old Man Coniston; a 20km cycle ride along rugged tracks in Grizedale Forest and a 2km kayak on Coniston Lake.
Affinity Team BITC Challenge.
In September our Affinity Team set to work clearing a wildflower meadow at Woodgate Valley Country Park. Leo McKevitt, Head Ranger, said: "We were delighted with this team. They were very keen put in great deal of effort and were a pleasure to work with, we would be more than happy to accommodate them in the future."
Supporting the Suzy Lamplugh National Personal Safety Day.
Our GI business has sponsored the Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s National Personal Safety Day again this year, on 10 October.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust is the leading charity for personal safety, working to raise awareness of the importance of personal safety in order to help people to avoid violence and aggression and live safer, more confident lives. This year, the charity marks its 25th anniversary.
National Personal Safety Day is an annual event aimed at raising awareness of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help avoid violence and aggression in today’s society. It’s about helping people live safer, more confident lives.
The ‘On the Homefront campaign gave people some useful tips to improve their personal safety in and around the home. Posters and leaflets were distributed to over 300 organisations around the country, including the Welsh Assembly and all its NHS Trusts. Steve Bryan, our Head of Intermediary Partnerships, took part in radio interviews with the charity, reaching an audience of 27 million listeners. Details of the study were published last month. GI is also sponsoring the National Personal safety Day 2010 Award to be presented at a gala dinner in London on 26 November.
Shelter visits our Birmingham Call Centre
In August, Tim Moore (Head of Planning) and Elizabeth O'Hara (Policy Officer), from the charity Shelter, visited GI’s call centre. Their policy team were looking into Shelter’s strategy on advice giving over the phone and as part of this asked to visit a commercial call centre and gain a bit of insight of how it is run.
West Midlands Wonderkids awards
On 16 July, 14 GI volunteers helped out at Drayton Manor Theme Park to celebrate the achievements of 10 West Midlands 'Wonderkids' and two ‘Wondergroups’. The event, sponsored by GI for seven years, was a great success and all the Wonderkids, Wondergroups and their families had a great time. These awards honor young people who have overcome adversity or shown outstanding bravery.
Guide Dogs' puppy in training pays our Ipswich office a visit.
In June, our Ipswich team raised £300 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Appeal. The latest puppy in training for the Guide Dogs for the Blind paid staff a visit and received a warm Ipswich welcome.
Her name is Opal and she is 13 weeks old. She will be in training until she is around 18 months old. She'll then go and live with a blind or partially sighted handler until she is about seven years old, at which point she will retire.
Fundraising success as quiz night raises £7,800 for Acorns!
Brainiacs from our Birmingham office went head to head with local business partners at a charity event in aid of Acorns Children's Hospice, on 2 June.
Regular MC, Paul Burrell, of Beacon Radio, hosted our Charity Quiz Night, organised expertly by our Sports and Social Committee. Over 40 teams took part in the quiz and a live auction, led by Hamilton Bland and GI’s Richard Eccleston, helping to raise over £7,800 for the Midlands based charity.
GI pulls out all the stops for Comic Relief 2011
The team in Ipswich raised £588, having lots of fun along the way to make it the best Red Nose Day to date for the office.
On the day Stewart Taylor, Broker Operations Manager, dressed up as the Tea Lady and served up the morning tea, coffee and cans of soft drinks, with Sarah-Jayne Hayward-Jones, Stewart’s PA, as his beautiful assistant . Other fundraising activities included picking a lollipop out of a bucket of sand, a penalty shoot out, a cake stall, ‘joke of the day’, a book and CD stand and the chance to gunge a manager or two with custard following a staff vote!
Legal & General will match fund, bringing the grand total to £1,175.
In March 2011 an army of volunteers from all teams spent a Friday evening until midnight in the Birmingham office, manning the phones and took £146,000 in donation pledges for the charity. Our GI call centre achieved 99.61% against national success measures, putting us in the top five nationally.